Welcome Home Realty Prime Time Performer: March 18 – 23

Here are this week’s candidates for the Welcome Home Realty Prime Time Performer.

You can vote once every 12 hours until the polls close on Friday at 5 p.m.

The winner will receive a $20 gift card to Mariah’s.

Serena Bolden (Southeast Track) The guys at Milesplit Illinois described her as immortal after her performance at the Illinois Top Times meet this weekend and we’d agree that’s pretty accurate. There’s no one in the state doing the stuff that Serena is on the track and in the pit. She came home with FOUR gold medals on Saturday. She won the long jump (19’9.5”) with a new class record, won the triple jump (39’11”) won the 60 meter dash (7.65) and ran the opening leg of the 4×200 for Southeast that set a new record (1:44.91). Make sure you get out to see Bolden this Spring, because she has the potential to be an all time great from this city.

Shane Yamco (Riverton Track) The Hawk is flying high and running fast! Senior Shane Yamco is expected to be on the podium at Charleston in a couple months and he confirmed that with a first place finish in the 800 in Class 1A at the Illinois Top Times meet on Saturday. Yamco won the 800 with a time of 2:01.42, over a second better than second place. 

Noah McIntyre (Athens Track) You might recognize the last name and the school….McIntyre wins the mile at the Illinois Top Times meet. Noah McIntyre has taken over for the Warriors as his older brother runs at the University of Illinois. Noah finished first in the 1600 as a junior with a time of 4:33.66, barely edging out Christopher Collet from Seneca. 

Brad Olysav (Williamsville Track) Big bad Brad does it again! The Williamsville Bullet took home first place at the Illinois Top Times meet in the shot put at the 1A level with a throw off 51’11.75”, barely beating out Logan Lee from Orion. Watch out for Brad this spring as he prepare for Eastern Illinois for the state finals and next year when he becomes a Panther.

Colby Sholtis (Athens Baseball) Coming through in the clutch is the definition of a Prime Time Performer. Athens junior Colby Sholtis did that for the Warriors on Saturday for a big Sangamo win. Sholtis knocked in the game winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh against Auburn as the Warriors won 3-2.

Grace Blair (Tri-City Softball) The Tri-City Tornadoes are really good at softball….but who is surprised by that? Brad Sturdy simply reloads every season and the TCSV squad is always a tough seven innings. On Friday afternoon, the Tornadoes beat SHG thanks to a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning from Grace Blair.

Matt Helm (New Berlin Baseball) Hitting a grand slam in conference game is a pretty good way to land yourself on the Prime Time Performer list. Matt Helm went above and beyond that last week. The Pretzels’ power hitter hit two home runs, a solo and a grand slam and drove in a total of six runs against the Bluejays on Thursday afternoon.

Evan Rightnowar (Glenwood Baseball) The Titans gave up just one hit in the series against Lanphier last week. Glenwood pitcher Evan Rightnowar threw a no hitter against the Lions on Thursday afternoon, striking out nine along the way. Glenwood’s pitching staff is loaded yet again…but that’s nothing new. 

Luke Roberts (Williamsville Pitcher) Williamsville has reloaded their pitching staff for another strong season for the Bullets on the diamond. Junior Luke Roberts showed off his stuff early in the season by giving up two hits and striking out ten in a shutout victory against New Berlin.

Drew Henrikson (Rochester Baseball) We saw a couple of no hitters last week to open up conference play, including Rochester’s Drew Henrikson. After seeing the Rockets a couple times last week….Matt Carlson might find it tough to name an ace on his staff as Henrikson and Cam Edmonson are going to try and one up each other all season long. Henrikson struck out 13 Crimsons last Tuesday in a no-no.

Jack Feely (U-High Baseball) After a trip to Florida to open up their season, the Pioneers returned to the 217 and opened up the CS8 season with a bang. A 22-0 win over Southeast and a no hitter from Jack Feely showed that U-High is, as expected, a top conference contender again this season.

Ali Fraase (Pleasant Plains Soccer) The Pleasant Plains Cardinals girls soccer team crushed the competition last week and came home with a second place finish at the Carlinville Cup. Ali Fraase started the week with an assist against Hillsboro in a 2-0 win for the Cardinals. In the Carlinville Cup tourney games, Fraase scored a goal against Bloomington Central Catholic and two goals against Lincoln.